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Jonathan Macri is back with his pick for Thursday's Game 3

NBA Playoff Picks - Nets vs. Bucks

Nets vs. Bucks Prediction

There has been no team more disappointing in the second round than the Milwaukee Bucks.

In Game 1, there were signs that the problem was as simple as their inability to hit 3-point shots and Brooklyn getting unseasonably hot shooting performances from a few role players.

Nope. Milwaukee came out even flatter on Tuesday night, and as a result, were the victim of the largest blowout of the playoffs. Their big adjustment to try and stop Kevin Durant – putting PJ Tucker in the starting five and trying to play KD one on one – hasn’t worked in the slightest, and Tucker has limited what Milwaukee can do on offense, resulting in them scoring at a lower rate than the worst offense in the league this season through two games.

Brooklyn has also been able to mostly contain Giannis Antetokounmpo with Blake Griffin. As a result, the two-time MVP hasn’t been the usual engine for the Bucks offense, which has bogged down into possession after possession with little passing and a lot of missed jumpers.

Despite the onslaught, Brooklyn is still an underdog in Game 3, during which they will once again be without James Harden. Normally, you’d think this is where the home team at least fights back and shows some grit, but the Bucks have been an inconsistent team all year that is prone to bouts of ineffectiveness. Three times this season they’ve dropped at least three games in a row, so it’s not like it can’t happen.

The Nets, meanwhile, seem locked in. Maybe they drop this one, but it’s hard to say Milwaukee has earned the level of respect to be getting points after the first two games.

Nets vs. Bucks Pick

The Pick: Nets +3.5 @ -109

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Dean of Knicks Film School, host: KFS Pod, co-host: Pick N Pod. There isn't much about Knicks basketball that Jonathan doesn't know and he's here to break down the big games each and every week.


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